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Full time & Part time September MA Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Embark on a transformative journey with the MA in Theatre Practice, a dynamic collaboration between UCD and the renowned Gaiety School of Acting. This programme is designed to cultivate future leaders in the theatre industry by providing a comprehensive skill set in theatre practice. Through a blend of academic rigour at UCD and practical expertise at the Gaiety School of Acting, students will hone their abilities to create and produce original theatrical works, think critically about theatre practices, and excel in multidisciplinary creative processes. The curriculum offers a hybrid approach, combining academic modules with practice-based learning, culminating in a Thesis Research Project. Graduates emerge with diverse career opportunities in education, media, NGOs, and the arts, or pursue further academic research. Entry requirements include a GPA of 3.08, IELS score of 7.00, and submission of a portfolio and personal statement. Benefit from access to top-notch facilities at both institutions, including teaching studios and the iconic Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin's vibrant Temple Bar. Join us in shaping the future of theatre practice!

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Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Theatre Practice is offered by UCD in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting and aims to create future leaders in the theatre industry who have an all-round skills base in theatre practice. The programme brings together UCD’s rigorous academic scholarship and the Gaiety School of Acting’s expertise in theatre practice and production to provide an inspiring and challenging environment. On graduation students will have learned skills to create and produce original works of theatre; to think conceptually about theatre practices and research in drama and performance; and be equipped to work knowledgeably in multidisciplinary contexts in practice-based creative processes. 

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Entry Requirements

GPA 3.08, or Recognition of Prior Learning* as approved by the Graduate School Board of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities equivalent to final GPA 3.08 (as per UCD Academic Secretariat 6.3 (p.29) re. UCD M.A. Taught Awards: Honours Classification Table.

IELS, or equivalent, with an average score of 7:00 over all components and with a minimum of 6.5 in each band of the Academic Version.

Interview; Audition; CV/Portfolio; Writing sample (essay/critical review); Two References (one of which to be academic); Personal Statement




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